1950-08-15 Ezzard Charles w rsc 14 (15) Freddie Beshore, Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA - NBA
1950-08-15 Ezzard Charles w rsc 14 (15) Freddie Beshore, Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA - NBA. Referee: Barney Felix. Not even rated in the top ten, and beaten in his last two contests by Lee Oma, Beshore (184½) was given a shot at Charles (183¼) in a contest that failed to gain the support of the NYSAC despite it being held on their territory. Although Beshore, who was badly outclassed at times, was stopped at 2.53 of the 14th round, due to sustaining a seriously swollen ear in the tenth that worsened, Charles had been unable to floor him. Rushing in head down whenever he could to attack the body Beshore was still in the fight up to the seventh, but thereafter he never stood a chance as Charles began to open up more. In that session Charles punished Beshore at close range with hooks to the body and straight rights to the head before opening up again in the tenth and doing even more damage. Even though he had suffered cuts under the eyes in the 11th Beshore continued to come forward without let up, but with it becoming clear that he had no chance of winning when Charles opened up again in the 14th the referee had seen enough.
In the aftermath of the fight, Charles, who suffered a cut left eye in the 14th, said that his poor showing was down to the fear that he might not be able to go the full distance following his recent problems. Prior to meeting Beshore, Charles had signed to fight Joe Louis after Lee Savold had been offered the opportunity but had declined. Louis, who was experiencing severe financial problems, decided to take a fight where the winner would be recognised by all the American authorities as the champion.